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   Magic Trick: Kellar's Cube Root Trick




As here presented we have substituted other cues for those used by Mr. Kellar, and, we believe, with advantage, but the method is identical with his.

In several system of mnemonics as many as three and four Tables of Fixed Ideas are used, and in this cube-root method we use one that differs in most words with Table No. 1.

In presenting this as a trick it is generally offered as something similar to the so-called "Lightning Calculation," and not as a feat of memory. Mr. Kellar prefaced it with merely a few words in which he announced that if the audience would call out any one number or two numbers he would immediately write down the cube on the blackboard and he did. It will be seen by the following Table that each number is represented by one word and the cube by a short sentence. These are connected in the performer's mind, in the manner already described; the moment a number is called out he thinks of the word that stands for it and that word, if his table is properly memorized, will revive in his mind the word or sentence that stands for the cube. The cubes of tens are not noted here, as they can be recalled instantly by calling the cubes of units thousands, as, for example, the cube of 3 equals 27; the cube of 30 is 27,000; the cube of 7 equals 343; the cube of 70 is 343,000. Now for the Table itself.

2 7
3HamAn Egg
6 4
4RyeSherry
1 2 5
5LieDenial
2 16
6HashOn a dish
3 4 3
7KeyMy room
51 2
8HiveWild Honey
7 29
9BeeGo Nip
1 3 3 1
11DateWith my maid
1 7 2 8
12DineTake enough
2 1 9 7
13ItemNote book
2 7 4 4
14AuthorInk hirer
3 3 75
15TellMe meekly
4 0 9 6
16DishRose bush
4 9 1 3
17TalkRipe theme
5 8 3 2
18ThiefLove money
6 8 5 9
19DaubShave a lip
9 2 6 1
21HandPunched
1 0 6 4 8
22 NunDoes show her vow
1 21 6 7
23NameA dandy joke
1 3 82 4
24New YearWith my fine rye
1 5 6 2 5
25NileDull channel
1 7 5 7 6
26WenchTook all cash
1 9 6 8 3
27NagTo buy each wife a home
2 1 95 2
28KnaveNeat plan
2 43 89
29NobNo army fop
2 97 9 1
31MadIn a big pout
3 2 7 6 8
32MoneyMay now catch a foe
3 5 9 3 7
33My HomeHome will be Mohawk
3 9 304
34MaryMay be a miser
4 2 8 75
35MuleRuin a vehicle
4 6 6 5 6
36SmashRich jewel show
5 0 6 5 3
37SmokeLose a chilly home
5 4 8 7 2
38MoveLower a heavy can
59 3 1 9
39My payHelp me to buy
6 8 9 21
41RoadChief point
74 0 88
42RunAcross a five
7 9 5 0 7
43RumKeep losing
8 5 1 8 4
44RowerAwful diver
9 1 1 2 5
45RailA bad tunnel
9 7 3 3 6
46RichBig mummy show
10 3 8 2 3
47RakeHits my wife numb
1 10 5 9
48RoughThe head sea will open
1 1 7 6 4 9
49RubeTo take a chair up
1 3 2 6 51
51LadThe man child
1 4 0 6 0 8
52LionDares chase a foe
14 8 8 7 7
53LambDrove off a cook
1 5 74 6 4
54LiarIdol crusher
1 6 6 3 7 5
55LilyDutch show my equal
1 75 6 1 6
56SlouchTackle a schottishe
1 8 5 1 9 3
57LookThe evil witty poem
1 95 1 1 2
58LoafDouble the weight now
2 0 5 3 7 9
59SloopWhen I sell my cup
2 26 9 8 1
61ShodAn inch by a foot
2 3 8 3 2 8
62JaneName of my new wife
25 0 0 4 7
63ChimeOnly uses a rock
2 6 2 14 4
64ChairNo china drawer
2 7 4 6 2 5
65ShallowNiagara channel
2 8 7 4 9 6
66JudgeNo fake rubbish
3 0 0 7 6 3
67JokeAmuse a sick chum
3 14 4 3 2
68ShaveMay draw your moan
3 2 8 50 9
69ShopWoman feels happy
3 57 9 1 1
71GoatMilk by the day
3 7 3 24 8
72CoinMake men rave
3 8 9 01 7
73ComeMove up a stake
4 0 5 2 2 4
74ChoirRose Hill nunnery
42 1 8 7 5
75QuillWorn out of gall
4 3 8 9 7 6
76CoachRemove baggage
4 5 6 5 3 3
77CookRelish a oily mummy
4 74 5 5 2
78CuffSore, cruel line
4 9 3 0 3 9
79CopRip a museum up
5 3 1 4 4 1
81FoodWell made arrow root
5 51 3 6 8
82FineLoyalty may shave
5 7 1 7 8 7
83FoamLiquid quaffing
59 2 70 4
84FireAlbany gas ray
6 1 4 1 2 5
85FallShatter town hall
6 3 6 0 5 6
86FishShame a choice leach
6 5 8 5 0 3
87FakeShall a fool swim
6 8 1 4 7 2
88FiveShaved a racoon
7 0 4 9 6 9
89FopKiss our bishop
75 3 5 7 1
91PietyGloomy lookout
7 7 86 8 8
92PonyKick a fish off a hive
8 0 4 3 57
93PoemVassar Milk
8 3 0 5 8 4
94BarFamous loafer
8 5 7 3 7 5
95PillVile chemical
8 8 4 7 3 6
96PageFavoring a mash
9 1 2 6 7 3
97PackBeaten each game
9 41 1 9 2
98PuffPart the bun
9 7 0 2 9 9
99PupBig as a nabob

Let us caution our readers to observe carefully the exact sounds of the letters, the variations in sound of the same letter, and the silent letters, as, for example, g in judge is sounded like ch = 6; in baggage, the double consonants are sounded like a single K = 7, whereas the third g has the sound of ch = 6; in chair the ch equals 6, while in chemical it has the sound of K=7. These several sounds once mastered no further trouble will be experienced and no one, we believe, will regret the time devoted to the study of this branch of mnemonics.

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